Drunk drivers are a risk to public safety. When a driver consumes alcohol and gets behind the wheel, they're doing more than endangering their own personal safety, they're endangering the safety of innocent and responsible travelers.
Autumn is a particularly dangerous time, with back-to-school, the start of college and pro football, and the trio of year-end holidays just around the corner.
Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that more than a third of the people killed when an alcohol-impaired-driver accidents are not the impaired drivers, but are innocent people traveling among them.
In 2011, there were more than 9,800 people killed in drunk driving accidents. These fatalities account for a third of all traffic accident fatalities witnessed on our roadways year after year. Unfortunately, while the number of traffic accidents and the lives they take has declined in recent year, the proportion of those fatalities that are blamed on drunk-driving accidents has remained the same for the past decade.
Our Montgomery accident lawyers understand that it's the passengers in the vehicle, the occupants of other vehicles, the pedestrians and the bicyclists who are the innocent victims. Lives of innocent people are cut short because of the irresponsible driving habits of others -- especially drunk drivers. These are preventable crashes, easily within our control by making better decisions as drivers, passengers, and friends.
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